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Dear Workforce How Should HR Prepare for an IPO

December 4, 2007
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Our company recently filed for an initial public offering of stock, or IPO. What steps should our HR department take to prepare for this event? As we get set for this change, which questions should we be asking ourselves internally?
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HR Chief Goes on Trial in Brocade Backdating Case

December 3, 2007
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The criminal fraud trial of Stephanie Jensen, the former head of HR at Brocade Communications, got under way last week in San Francisco. Jensen’s attorneys tried to make the case a battle over which department—HR or finance—is to blame for an allegedly illegal compensation and accounting scheme.
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Pension Bill Technical Corrections Likely to Live Up to Name

November 30, 2007
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As is often the case with legislation as massive as the Pension Protection Act, the House and Senate are considering technical corrections to the bill, which goes into effect January 1. However, Congress shows little appetite to revisit policies set out in the reform bill signed in 2006.
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A 401(k) Fee Litigation Scorecard

November 29, 2007
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Here is where cases involving alleged unreasonable fees and other ERISA violations stood as of November 2007.
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More 401(k) Fee Cases Are in the Works

November 29, 2007
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The lawsuits put an intense spotlight on revenue-sharing practices of providers that receive money from investment managers. In the long run, they could place pressure on fees paid to managers and record keepers of 401(k) plans.
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OSHA Safety Equipment Standard Done

November 20, 2007
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After nearly nine years, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued a final rule that says employers will have to pay the full cost for almost all personal safety equipment used by their workers.
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CEO of SAP’s TomorrowNow Unit Resigns

November 19, 2007
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The software support unit is at the heart of Oracle’s lawsuit alleging that SAP committed ‘corporate theft on a grand scale.’
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Delay, Dropped Charges in Ex-Brocade HR Chief's Backdating Trial Could Mean Light Sentence for Former CEO

November 15, 2007
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For the first time since Gregory L. Reyes was convicted on August 7 of 10 felonies for his role in a stock options backdating scheme, including conspiracy and securities fraud, the fate of the ex-Brocade Communications Systems CEO isn’t looking so bleak.
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On Mixing Family, Business

November 4, 2007
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In her book The House of Mondavi , Julia Flynn-Siler tells the story of how family politics ultimately destroyed the Mondavi Corp.
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As the Table Turns How to Maintain the Upper Hand When Conducting a Workplace Investigation

November 4, 2007
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What happens if the interviewee, be it the complainant, a witness or the accused, turns the table on you, the interviewer, by asking a relatively simple and straightforward question? Don’t allow yourself to appear nervous and unprepared, or worse yet, flustered and confused. Here are five answers to common questions to help you keep your cool.
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